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Schools and education in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Education

Many people move to Chiang Mai to take advantage of not only the great weather and the nice locale, the friendly people and the convenience but also for the schools. Chiang Mai boasts some very high quality education and with numerous international schools as well as good quality Thai schools and several major universities.

International Schools

schools-and-education-in-chiang-maiThere are quite a few International Schools in Chiang Mai, some of them established by missionaries with a decided Christian bent, as well as more secular schools, a few of the bilingual and a new bilingual school based on Buddhist principles. The schools are generally scattered around the perimeter of the city. This is simply a listing of available schools, as always, it is best to check the schools out yourself to see what suits you and your child and which schools meet your needs.

PTIS: Provides an IB based K-12 education and has boarding facilities. Classes are in English.
Located in Mae Rim. 234 Moo 3, T.Huay Sai.
Tel: 053-301-500

Chiang Mai International School: CMIS is a K-12 school providing instruction in English in an American based system with a Christian viewpoint.
Address: 13 Chetupon Rd.
Tel: 053-242-027.

Nakorn Payap International School: This secular school offers an American based education for grades K-12. All classes are taught in English.
Address: 240 Moo 6, San Phi Sua.
Tel: 053 110 680.

Varee International School: Varee school offers a bilingual education for both Thai and foreign students and has a separate international program for students aged 11-18 with a British based curriculum.
Address: 59 Moo 6 Mahidol Rd.
Tel: 053-140-232.

Grace International School: This Christian school offers an American based curriculum for students aged K-12. Popular with missionary families in the field.
Address: 178/832 M. 7 Chiang Mai-Hod Road KM 10.
Tel: 053-131-175.

Lanna International School Thailand: A secular English language school with a British curriculum, the school offers instruction from nursery through 18 years old.
Address: 300 Grandview Moo 10, Chiang Mai – Hang Dong Road.
Tel: 053 806 230-1.

Panyaden School: Situated in the cultural heart of northern Thailand, Panyaden School in Chiang Mai integrates Buddhist values and environmental mindfulness with a modern bilingual curriculum, academically equipping students for further study in a Thai, international school or abroad. Panyaden is a green school, built from earth and bamboo and is peacefully located among rice fields just 15 minutes drive from the city centre.
Students who graduate from this school will not only have internationally compatible skills in reading, writing, mathematics and science but also essential life skills such as how to grow rice and vegetables and repair clothes, to eat healthily and to be socially responsible.
Address: 218 Moo 2, Thanon Namprae, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50230
Tel: Kru Boy at 053-426618; +66800785115, +66854846095
Website: www.panyaden.ac.th

Chiang Mai German Christian School: This school provides instruction in the German language for those parents who wish their children to remain fluent in German and has just opened a high school that will prepare students for the German IB.
Address: 83 / 1 Bua Ban Krok Nua.
Tel: 053-816624.

Thai Schools

As noted earlier, Varee Chiang Mai School is a private school that offers bilingual instruction. Other schools include the Chiang Mai Demonstration School (Satit CMU )  at 239 Huay Kaew Road, 053 944-207. Dara Academy 196 Kaew Nawarat. 053-300-473. Montfort College 118/2 Mahidol Road, 053-245-570. Regina Coeli College 166 Charoen Prathet Road, 053-818-771. Princes Royal College 117 Kaew Nawarat Road, 053-242-038. Wattanothaipayap School 2 Bunruangrit Road 053-276-430. Yupparaj Wittayalai School 238 Phrapokklow Road, 053-419-037.

Universities and colleges

Chiang Mai University is the largest university in Chiang Mai and is the third ranking University in Thailand for academics and fifth in research. This public University has three campuses in Chiang Mai and one in Lamphun. There are more than 60 international training courses, 3 international undergraduate degrees, and 23 international postgraduate degree programs at CMU.
Address: 239 Huay Kaew Road.
Tel: 053 943-333.

Payap University is a private University that also offers international undergraduate and graduate degree programs in English as well as several certificate courses.
Address: Super-highway Chiang Mai – Lampang Road.
Tel: 053 241 255

Mae Jo University offers instruction in Thai in agricultural and horticultural programs and is considered one of the leading Agriculture schools in Thailand. Mae Jo has three campuses, the main one in Mae Jo, one on Phrae and one in Chumphon as well as several research facilities.
Address: 63 Moo 4, T. Nong Han, A. San Sai.
Tel: 053 878038-50.

Rajabhat Institute Chiang Mai offers several international degrees for undergraduate students in the English language as well as many others in the Thai language.
Address: Chang Phuak 202nd Rd.
Tel: 053 885-982-3.


There are quite a few colleges in and around Chiang Mai as well, all of them offer instruction in Thai. Chiang Mai College of Agriculture and Technology 249 Moo 11, Chiang Mai-Hot Rd. 053 311-359. College of Arts and Dramatic 1 Suriwong Rd 053 283-560. Chiang Mai School of Technology 7 Soi 2 Nongpratip Rd. 053 262-137. Rajamangala Institute of Technology Chiang Mai Campus. 128 Huai Kaew Rd., 053-213-183 are just a few.

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